Meaning of NAKED in English

/ ˈneɪkɪd; NAmE / adjective


not wearing any clothes

SYN bare :

a naked body

naked shoulders

They often wandered around the house stark naked (= completely naked) .

They found him half naked and bleeding to death.

The prisoners were stripped naked .

—see also buck naked


[ usually before noun ] without the usual covering

SYN bare :

a naked light

a naked flame

a naked sword

Mice are born naked (= without fur) .


[ only before noun ] ( of emotions, attitudes, etc. ) expressed strongly and not hidden :

naked aggression

the naked truth


[ not usually before noun ] unable to protect yourself from being harmed, criticized, etc.

SYN helpless :

He still felt naked and drained after his ordeal.

►  naked·ly adverb :

nakedly aggressive

►  naked·ness noun [ U ]


- the naked eye



naked / bare

Both these words can be used to mean 'not covered with clothes' and are frequently used with the following nouns:

| naked ~ | bare ~ |

| body | feet |

| man | arms |

| fear | walls |

| aggression | branches |

| flame | essentials |

Naked is more often used to describe a person or their body and bare usually describes a part of the body.

Bare can also describe other things with nothing on them:

bare walls

a bare hillside

. Naked can mean 'without a protective covering':

a naked sword.

Bare can also mean 'just enough':

the bare minimum.

Naked can be used to talk about strong feelings that are not hidden:

naked fear.

Note also the idiom:

(visible) to / with the naked eye.



Old English nacod , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch naakt and German nackt , from an Indo-European root shared by Latin nudus and Sanskrit nagna .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.